Google Doodle: Google made this special doodle in honor of the real player of basketball.

Dr.James Naismith
Google made a doodle to honor James Naismith.
Google has made a special doodle today. In this today he is remembering James Naismith. Please note that today is not his birthday. Rather, a special invention and his contribution to the world of sports have been honored with an animated doodle. In fact, Canadian-American teacher, doctor, professor and coach James Naismith started the basketball game on this day in 1891.

James was born on November 06, 1861 in Ontario, Canada. In 1888, he received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Mac Gill University and then started his career as a physical teacher.

Subsequently, in 1890, he also worked as an instructor at the YMCA International Training College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Here he was tasked to develop an indoor game that would also serve as an athletic distraction for mischievous students in the harsh winter of England. The "Basketball" game began with two peach baskets, a soccer ball and just ten rules.

Involved in Olympics
On 21 December 1891 Naismith started the game with nine players for the first time. Its rules were incorporated from football and field hockey. After this game became very popular. In 1936, basketball was included in the Berlin Olympics for the first time.

Dr. James wrote the actual 13 rules of basketball and outlined the entire game within 14 days. After obtaining a medical degree in 1898, Naismith joined Kansas University as a faculty. Here he became Jayhawk's first basketball coach. Nearly a decade after Naismith's basketball was invented, basketball was displayed as a demo game for the first time at the 1904 Olympics. It then became an official event at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Naismith retired from his duty in 1937 and died of brain hemorrhage two years later at the age of 78. The NBA's Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts has also been named in his honor. Now basketball is played in about 200 countries around the world.

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